Revelation Series Introduction: The Divine Perspective
Introduction: The book of Revelation, written by John, provides us with divine perspective on history, current events, and God’s plan of redemption. All believers suffer from a limited view that can discourage us; God uses the book of Revelation to prepare, strengthen, and assure His people of His good plan for the entirety of history.
Point 1: The Book of Revelation is a Revelation
As apocalyptic literature, this book reveals (rather than conceals) realities beyond us. God inserts relatable, familiar symbols into dreams and visions to help His people transcend limitations and comprehend the spiritual realm.
- Expect God to open our eyes as we study this Revelation.
Point 2: The Book of Revelation is a Prophecy
Prophecy, a message from God given through a human agent, is both authoritative and relevant. We are to “keep what is written in it” (verse 3), for God uses this prophecy to tell us how to live our lives. Additionally, God speaks in a fitting manner by addressing real situations at just the right time. The Spirit applies God’s word to our hearts in a timely fashion.
- Expect God to speak to us as we study this Prophecy.
Point 3: The Book of Revelation is a Letter
God personally communicates to His church through this Letter. He uses John to address specifically the seven churches at that time. However, God is also communicating to The Church—that is, all churches for all time (as the number seven indicates wholenessor completeness). The book of Revelation is a word from the Lord to us today.
- Expect God to address us as we study this Letter.
“Whether God come to His children with a rod or a crown, if He come Himself with it, it is well.” ~Samuel Rutherford, The Loveliness of Christ